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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Labor Judge To Union: Stop Threatening To Physically Attack Dissidents

When a union gets reprimanded from a member of  Obama's pro-Labor National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) you know that things are bad.  A NLRB arbitrator ordered the Kansas-based AFL-CIO affiliate the Aerospace Workers District 70, Local 839, an (IAM) to stop threatening bodily harm against union dissidents it was supposed to represent in a grievance case.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) sanctioned the Kansas local,  "for using intimidation tactics against dissidents. The board's regional director concluded the union had used threats of physical abuse and had attempted to get non-members fired from Spirit Aerosystems."

Specifically he ordered the union to:
Cease and desist from:Attempting to cause or causing Spirit Aerosystems to discharge employee-members because of their dissident union and and/or other protected concerted activities. Threatening employee-members with bodily harm or impeding their grievances because of their protected concerted activities. Discriminatorily and/or arbitrarily processing employee-members' grievances because of their protected concerted activities.
The union dismissed the charges in a statement following the April decision.
In response to an April 29 ruling by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Administrative Law Judge Michael Rosas, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) District 70 in Wichita, KS, said today it will appeal the decision to the NLRB.

“We are aware of the decision and believe it was wrongly decided on the facts and the law,” said District 70 Directing Business Representative Frank Molina. “We intend to appeal it to the NLRB and we are confident that the NLRB will reverse it.” The IAM represents more than 4,000 members at SpiritAerosystems in Wichita, KS, in addition to more than 600,000 active and retired members across North America.

According to the Washington Free Beacon
Jarrod Lehman and Ryan Hastens were employees at the Wichita plane manufacturer and previously held leadership posts with the union. They filed unfair labor practice complaints against the IAM in July 2014 alleging that the union pushed for their firings against company policy.
 And then the union claimed they tried to reverse the firing which is the union's responsibility.

The AFL-CIO has a tradition of violence. Richard Trumka head of the AFL-CIO has a history of being a violent thug who has made violence and even murder part of the union arsenal as he is suspected of doing inn the Pittston Coal strike and the Murder of Eddie Yor.

Official Palestinian TV: We Will Fight Till Our Entire Land Is Liberated

According to the Obama Administration and much of Europe the Palestinian Authority led by President Abbas desires peace.  But if they really have peaceful intentions why do they continue to talk war in their official TV station? In a May 15 interview on the official Palestinian Authority TV channel, Amna Muna, a Palestinian terrorist who was freed in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap and exiled to Turkey, said: "Nothing will break our resolve - not imprisonment, not exile, and not martyrdom... We shall continue on our path until our entire land is liberated." Muna, who was speaking over the Internet, was imprisoned for her involvement in the kidnapping and murder of Israeli teenager Ofir Rahum in 2001.

Interviewer: The glorious Palestinian fighter, our beloved sister Amna Muna, is joining us from Turkey. You lost your father while you were in prison, and today, instead of enjoying your freedom among your family and loved ones, you have been exiled. What would you like to say, sister Amna?

Amna Muna: Good morning to you, Samer, and to all our viewers and listeners. Let me first salute my beloved Palestine and Jerusalem, my hometown, and greet my entire family, my loved ones, and my friends, along with the prisoners and detainees, and of course, President Mahmoud Abbas. Today, I am sharing the Palestinian air with you, even if only through a broadcast. Let me bow my head out of respect and esteem, because the most cherished thing for me is to be in Palestine, even if only over the air waves. Being in prison was a very difficult experience. It was a shock...

Interviewer: We must linger over what we just witnessed. We must linger over what you just did, sister Amna, because you, a glorious Palestinian woman, are saying to the entire world, over the air waves: What are you doing about the suffering of our people? What are you doing about the suffering of our female prisoners? Indeed, all glory to you, oh glorious woman. Go ahead.

Amna Muna: Thank you, although believe me, I have done nothing. Our struggle is still in its early stages, and I have not completed my duty. I have done very little, and Allah willing, there is still much to be done for Palestine, which is in need of us all. Nothing will break our resolve - not imprisonment, not exile, and not martyrdom. Nothing. We shall continue on our path until our entire land is liberated, Allah willing.

[...]From this podium, I say to my family, my mother, and my Palestinian people, to my friends, to my dear ones, and to the world in its entirety: I shall return to Palestine. I shall return to my home, to Jerusalem. Sooner or later I shall return, Allah willing.

Interviewer: Here in the studio, our sister Umm Wa'd is showing her enthusiasm by clapping. Your revolutionary zeal and determination to adhere to the pledge is evident. January 19, 2001 - what does this date mean to you?

Amna Muna: Of course it is a meaningful date for me. It is when I was kidnapped from my life. It is the date of my arrest, when I was thrown into prison. It is a painful day of my life, but it is not the most severe pain. I was expecting it. We live under occupation. We are fighters and fedayeen. We expect this. People await martyrdom. So I was expecting that day to come, but it is a day that is seared upon my heart, the day hat I was torn from Palestine. I will never forget that day as long as I live.

Interviewer: Sister Amna, January 19, 2001 is the day you were kidnapped, and I can assure you that that day will be recorded in the chronicles of Palestinian glory. But they will mark another day too - the day that you will embrace your mother and your family, and you will kiss the soil you love so much. We hold you in the highest esteem, sister Amna. We were happy to communicate with you, and in the name of the Palestinian people, in the name of everyone, young and old, every infant, we salute you, along with all our glorious women. We will meet again, in our homeland, sister Amna.

Amna Muna: Allah willing. My greetings to everyone.

Damage Control-Biden Calls Iraq PM, We Don't REALLY Think Your Army's Full Of Cowards

Interviewed on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, impugned the bravery of Iraqi troops. While is statement was true, it was not the most diplomatic comment, bringing rebuke from the Iraqi prime minister and a phone call from V.P. Biden to smooth out the hurt Iraqi feelings.

Carter's comments made after the fall of Ramadi to the ISIS terrorist vented the White House frustration with the Iraqi military,
“We can give them training, we can give them equipment -- we obviously can't give them the will to fight. But if we give them training, we give them equipment, and give them support, and give them some time, I hope they will develop the will to fight, because only if they fight can ISIL remain defeated."
The BBC reported the reaction from the Iraqis to the Carter comments
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told the BBC's John Simpson he was "surprised" at the comments. "[Mr Carter] was very supportive of Iraq and I am sure he was fed with the wrong information," he said.

Mr Abadi also insisted Ramadi could be taken back "in days".

Hakim al-Zamili, the head of Iraq's parliamentary defence and security committee, was more critical of Mr Carter. 
Mr Zamili told Associated Press the US had failed to provide "good equipment, weapons and aerial support" at Ramadi and was seeking to "throw the blame on somebody else".
Actually it is al-Zamili "blaming someone else," ultimately it Is Iraq's fight, although it is also true that the U.S. support is has not been as helpful as it could be.

But good ole Joe Biden called the Iraqi Prime Minister to smooth things out:
Biden "recognized the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces over the past eighteen months in Ramadi and elsewhere," the White House said.

As well as rowing back Carter's comments, Biden called to "reaffirm US support for the Iraqi government's fight against" Islamic State jihadists.

Carter's comments were seen as undercutting a US-Iraqi collective front in the fight against the radical militants.

They were also seen as humiliating for Iraq's prime minister, as he desperately tries to hold his country together with a thinly stretched army and assorted ethnic and sectarian militias whose loyalties lie outside Baghdad.
The real issue is not some undiplomatic comments by the secretary of defense, the real issue is if President Obama does not want to fight to win, should our troops be involved at all?
In the wake of ISIS advances, some -- including Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain --have called for more American forces on the ground in Iraq. Currently, there are about 3,000 U.S. military personnel training Iraqi forces, but they are not near combat areas.

Some experts have called for putting some American forward air controllers who would be near the fighting to help better pinpoint the targets for coalition airstrikes. Carter told CNN he has not forwarded a recommendation for them to the White House.
According to McCain 75% of the American planes return to base without dropping their bombs. And it's not just McCain, Defense Secretary Robert Gates also advocated sending forward air controllers, speaking last Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.
“Sending large numbers of U.S. ground troops back into Iraq would be a serious mistake,” he said. “But I do believe that the rules of engagement for our troops need to be more flexible. We need to have more deeply embedded trainers with the Iraqi, Kurdish, the Iraqi security forces, the Sunni tribes with the Kurds in the north. I think we need to have forward air controllers and spotters. We need to have special forces in there.”
Considering the importance of defeating ISIS and the desire to do it without a "full scale ground operation," it seems imperative for the president to follow the advice of many and provide those forward air controllers so our planes can better target the Iraqi troops. If he has no intention of doing that, Obama should bring all of our troops home. It makes no sense to send people into a war zone where we have no intention of winning.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Thank You To Those Who Gave Their Lives To Protect Us

 Let us not forget that today is much more than Hot Dogs and Parades:

The Original Order Creating the Memorial Day Holiday:
The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but Posts and comrades will, in their own way, arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are here to play, Comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers sailors and Marines, who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead? We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the Nation's gratitude—the soldiers and sailors widow and orphan.

It is the purpose of the Commander in Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

A Prayer For the United States On Memorial Day

Lord who grants salvation to kings and dominion to rulers, Whose kingdom is a kingdom spanning all eternities; Who places a road in the sea and a path in the mighty waters - may you bless the President, the Vice President, and all the constituted officers of government of this land. May they execute their responsibilities with intelligence, honor and compassion. May they be instilled with the wisdom to stop the suffering of our veterans, the heroes who volunteered to protect us. And may these United States continue to be the land of the free and the home of the brave

To those of you who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our liberty, to anyone who has defended us from harm we humbly say...Thank You

Friday, May 22, 2015

At DC Synagogue President Obama Delivered Nothing But Empty Words

President Obama visited the friendly confines of liberal Adas Israel Synagogue in Washington, D.C. on Friday and delivered a speech meant to reach out to the Jewish Community and other supporters of Israel. His two themes were that Israel should support the deal with Iran, and that he criticizes Israel harshly in public because he loves it so much.

The speech began with friendly platitudes about the history of Judaism in the U.S., how they supported the civil rights movement, and pointed out some friendly member of the congregation including Jeff Goldberg of The Atlantic. It continued with laying out his administrations support of Israel's military and his oft repeated claim that "no administration has done more to ensure that Israel can protect itself than this one."

The president transitioned to the deal with Iran:
The deal that we already reached with Iran has already halted or rolled back parts of Iran’s nuclear program. Now we’re seeking a comprehensive solution. I will not accept a bad deal. As I pointed out in my most recent article with Jeff Goldberg, this deal will have my name on it, so nobody has a bigger personal stake in making sure that it delivers on its promise. I want a good deal.

I'm interested in a deal that blocks every single one of Iran’s pathways to a nuclear weapon -- every single path. A deal that imposes unprecedented inspections on all elements of Iran’s nuclear program, so that they can’t cheat; and if they try to cheat, we will immediately know about it and sanctions snap back on. A deal that endures beyond a decade; that addresses this challenge for the long term. In other words, a deal that makes the world and the region -- including Israel -- more secure. That’s how I define a good deal.
Forgetting for a moment that his stake could not be bigger than the people living in Israel who would be the first target of a nuclear Iran, the president ignores the fact that many observers believe that the Iran deal does nothing to stop Iran's nuclear program, and that the elements of the deal as he described has been disputed by America's partners the P+5 negotiations (Including Russia, China and France), as well as Iran.

The president also forgot to mention that it is not only Israel objecting to the deal but some of our Arab allies were so upset at the framework deal and the direction of the talks that their leaders refused to join President Obama for the recent conference at Camp David.

Interestingly the president continued by saying he welcomed debate about the Iran deal: 

Because the stakes are sufficiently high that anything that's proposed has to be subjected to scrutiny -- and I welcome that scrutiny.
Funny how he welcome scrutiny when the Prime Minister of Israel was invited to speak about the deal to congress this past March.

After talking about how much he loves Israel, Obama spoke to his reputation of not supporting Israel and that the reason for his constant bashing of the Jewish State was his deep feeling of friendship:
So when I hear some people say that disagreements over policy belief a general lack of support of Israel, I must object, and I object forcefully. For us to paper over difficult questions, particularly about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or about settlement policy, that’s not a true measure of friendship.
When Obama became president he unilaterally broke an agreement between the U.S. and Israel which said that the U.S. would not object to additional housing units in existing settlements outside of Jerusalem and would not object to any settlements in Jerusalem. When Obama broke that agreement the Palestinians made settlements a precondition for negotiations.

When Obama talks about the settlements he ignores that Netanyahu made a very simple offer to the Palestinian President Abbas. If he were to recognize Israel as the Jewish State, Israel will enact a indefinite building freeze. As reported by Al Jazeera the answer from the Palestinians was a resounding no. But still Obama blames Israel.

When he objects to the perception that he is not pro-Israel, President Obama ignores that during the 2012 convention his campaign stripped four pro-Israel planks from the campaign platform and only added back the one about Jerusalem. Not added back were the items about not dealing with Hamas, any deal would re-settle Palestinian refugees outside of Israel in Palestinian territory, and that "it is unrealistic to expect the outcome of final status negotiations to be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949."

When President Obama talks about his love of Israel and Judaism he ignores that the Jewish attachment to Jerusalem is a basic tenet of Judaism (Psalm 137 "I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning, Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not.") He also ignores that his administration refuses to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel ​a big change from his predecessor President Bush (#43).

In 1995 Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act endorsing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and requiring the US Embassy to move to Jerusalem. But Congress gave the executive branch an out, every six months the State Department/President can request and receive an automatic waiver. A waiver that President Bill Clinton issued to congress every six months as required.

President Bush continued the policy every six months, but in Bush’s case he inserted into the legal jargon a sentence stating, “My Administration remains committed to beginning the process of moving our embassy to Jerusalem.” The phrase appeared in all 16 Bush waiver notifications. The Obama administration removed that phrase from their waiver requests.

Obama wrapped up by orating against the scourge of Anti-Semitism. Ignoring the fact that during his first year as president he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to two Jew-haters, former Irish President Mary Robinson, who ran the 1991 UN Conference on Racism, which turned out to be a conference for every type of Anti-Semitism in the world and Bishop Desmond Tutu a man who not only claims the Jews run the US government but “the Jews thought they had a monopoly on God."

The president's words about Anti-Semitism also ignore that he counts Al Sharpton as an adviser. Sharpton led two Anti-Semitic pogroms in New York City, the Crown Heights riot, and the firebombing of Freddy's Fashion Mart.

Using beautiful words President Obama gave a speech at an historic D.C. synagogue in an attempt to reach out to American Jews who have grown weary of his Anti-Israel policies. Beautiful words however, are meaningless unless he changes his policies toward the Jewish State.

Note: In the first paragraph, Adas Israel was described as "friendly confines" for the president, the following paragraph provides the rationale for that description.

Adas Israel represents a very friendly liberal audience. Amongst its members are Martin Indyk who served as Obama's U.S. negotiator for the Israel/Palestinian peace talks despite the fact that he was on the payroll of Qatar, and who gave a sermon on Yom Kippur at Adas Israel where he trashed the Jewish State. Another famous member of the Synagogue is Jeff Goldberg of The Atlantic who is the president's "go to" Jew when he wants to say bad things about Israel either through interviews, or leaks (remember when Netanyahu was called chickenshit?). The Synagogue is part of the Conservative movement of Judaism. which all but endorsed Obama in the 2012 election and after the most recent Israeli election, backed up President Obama by slamming Prime Minister Netanyahu for comments he didn't really make and which they admitted they didn't read.